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Te Anau Glow Worm Caves Tour provided by Real Journeys

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Te Anau Glow Worm Caves Tour

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What you can expect during this experience
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Updated 06/23/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Updated 06/23/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
On this guided tour of Te Anau's glowworm caves you'll learn all about the lives of these amazing little creatures, as well as the natural environment that hosts them. Start with a scenic cruise across Lake Te Anau to reach the caves, then spend 2 hours and 15 minutes inside with a knowledgeable guide. This is a fun and informative activity that both adults and kids will enjoy. Be sure to dress warm!
You'll start at
85 Lakefront Drive
85 Lakefront Drive, Te Anau 9600, New Zealand
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    Te Anau Glowworm Caves
    Stop: 2 hours - Admission included
    View glittering glowworms in an underground cave system.
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    Pass by Lake Te Anau
You'll end at
85 Lakefront Drive
85 Lakefront Drive, Te Anau 9600, New Zealand
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  • The tour includes a return boat ride across the lake
  • Hot beverages will be provided
  • Be amazed by the wonders of nature at Te Anau
  • Take a trip underground the safe way
Important Information
Departure Point
85 Lakefront Drive, Te Anau 9600, New Zealand
2h 15m
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
  • Lake cruise on Lake Te Anau
  • Complimentary Tea & Coffee
  • Entry/Admission - Te Anau Glowworm Caves
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Minimum age is 5 years
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 72 travelers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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tracyn245 wrote a review Jul 2020
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So amazing to explore the glow worm caves. Loved the short boat trip at the end within the caves. Very informative and friendly crew. Thank you for a wonderful experience.
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Date of experience: July 2020
Kate S wrote a review Jun 2020
Colwall, Malvern,United Kingdom27 contributions7 helpful votes
Going on the boat within the cave in darkness to see the glow worms. Magical. Knowledgeable guides too. Great trip, but you need to be reasonably physically able.
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Date of experience: February 2020
Loretta T wrote a review Mar 2020
Sydney, Australia137 contributions41 helpful votes
A great 30 minute morning cruise on lake Te Anu to the glow worm caves! Interesting , informative, funny guide! Just a great morning out. TIP: if you book 2 trips with real Journeys you get 20%off the second trip!
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Response from Real_Journeys, Guest Relations Manager at Te Anau Glow Worm Caves Tour
Responded Mar 16, 2020
Kia Ora Loretta. Thank you for your feedback, it's much appreciated and we we hope you enjoy the rest of your visit to our region. Kind Regards - The Team at Real Journeys.
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Frank R wrote a review Mar 2020
Baltimore, Maryland9 contributions
As much as the eerie glow from the roof of the water-filled cavern, we enjoyed the evening shuttle-boat ride, the hike into the cave and on to the skiff. The guides were pleasant and informative. Well worth the time.
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Date of experience: February 2020
James H wrote a review Mar 2020
Davidson, North Carolina220 contributions57 helpful votes
The ferry ride was comfortable and efficient. The tour itself was quite interesting and the guide (Harry) was very informative and helpful. I must mention one thing though that was not enjoyable - Harry has a BO problem, big time. Someone needs to ask him to bathe daily and use
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Date of experience: March 2020
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